Weitz, Charles A.. Biocultural adaptations of the high altitude Sherpas of Nepal

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Biocultural adaptations of the high altitude Sherpas of Nepal

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The People of South Asia : the biological anthropology of India, Pakistan, and Nepal, edited by John R. Lukacs

Published By: Original publisher The People of South Asia : the biological anthropology of India, Pakistan, and Nepal, edited by John R. Lukacs New York: Plenum Press. 1984. 387-420 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Charles A. Weitz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Anthropometry (141); Ontogenetic data (145); Nutrition (146); Physiological data (147); Birth statistics (163); Morbidity (164);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Based on studies by other researchers and his own demographic survey, Weitz examines fertility, nutrition, disease, and mortality among the Sherpa in the Khumba region of the Nepal Himalayans. He also compares high altitude adaptation of the Khumba Sherpa with that of the Quechua from Andean Highlands. He compares lung volume, oxygen consumption, and the affects of hypoxia on fertility between the two populations. The Sherpa have a smaller lung capacity than the Quechua, although oxygen consumption is similar between the two groups, which suggests that humans adapt differently to high altitude environments. Assuming that hypoxia negatively affects fertility, the lower birth weight of Sherpa newborns compared to Quechua babies suggests that the latter are better adapted to higher altitudes.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 17

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ak06-017

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 417-420)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1970-1971

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Enthnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1967-1974

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Khumba region, Nepal

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)

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